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Author spotlight: AnneMarie Brear

6 December 2019

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting AnneMarie Brear. She will be attending ARR2020 in Sydney.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I first started writing romance when I was about 15. A friend and I wrote together a Mills & Boons contemporary romance, as at the time that is what we were reading. I still have the story, which was written on a note pad!

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

I’d have to say Catherine Cookson, even though she wasn’t a ‘romance’ author but a saga author, she still had romantic elements in her stories. Love drove a lot of her plots—love and survival. That said, as a teenager I also read a lot of Mills & Boon authors that my mum read. Then as I became older I read more saga authors along with Danielle Steel, etc.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

I write predominately historical saga novels, I have written a few contemporary romances, but I’ve never written another genre and I don’t think I’d want to.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

I’d love to see my Kitty McKenzie series as a movie or TV series. I’d not want to cast a well-known actor/actress, as I’d like an unknown to own the role.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

The hardest part is getting the first few chapters down with enough plots leads and scenes to grab the reader’s interest from the start.

What is your favourite place to write?

In my study. I have the internet and all my research books around me ready for researching. It’s quiet and from the window I overlook a neighbours little dam which draws the birds.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

No, not really. I draw my characters from all kinds of strong women. My mother was a strong woman in many ways and so were the generations before her. Being a historical author I find I lean towards creating strong woman who have to win against the odds.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

In the Far Pashmina Mountains by Janet McLeod Trotter and Island in the East by Jenny Ashcroft. Both brilliant books that I read in a few days. I couldn’t put them down. I really enjoy books that transport to another place and time. Both those books were well written and really knew how to take the reader on a journey. Great storytelling.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

My latest release is Millie, book one of the Marsh Saga four-book series set in 1920s. Millie is the oldest sister and her story starts on her wedding day when she marries Sir Jeremy Remington, who after the Great War suffers from shell shock. Millie has to overcome Jeremy’s issues and her own loss as well as moving to Northern France to rebuild a bombed chateau. There is a lot going on!

What else will you be working on in 2020?

Book two in the Marsh Saga series, Prue, which is in the editing process and will be released January 2020. I’m currently writing book three, Cece. Then I have to write book four, Alice, and after that I’m contracted to write an English-set Victorian saga.

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.


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